Cats in the containers!
I have strawberries growing in a "kiddie pool" (with soil, not water, obviously. They've been looking great.
This morning when I went to see if they needed water, I noticed that one of the plants was wilted and dead-looking, while the others were fine. That one also had wet soil while the others needed watering.
Later this afternoon, I saw a cat climb into the pool and pee.
Okay. Mystery solved.
I tried tossing some window screen over the surface to let cats know they aren't welcome, but then I saw a cat come by and push the screen out of her way so she could still pee in the strawberries.
I figure I now need to protect my containers with more securely built fencing of cheesecloth? chicken wire? or some other barrier, so cats won't decide my garden looks like a great place to pee.
I scooped out the soil around the obviously-peed on areas, but I'm wondering if I need to trash ALL the soil and plants in the pool?
How dangerous would it be?
I don't have any way of knowing for sure that there haven't been any other incidents of litter box behavior.
I would hate to have to throw out all my plants and the soil mix and start over. I have lots of containers out there, and I can't be sure none of the other ones were visited by cats, either.
Has anyone else had this problem?
What would you do?